Three Sego Lily's bloom surrounded by Strawberry Hedgehog cactus blooms near the Barnhardt trailhead in the Mazatzal Mountains, Arizona. The Barnhart trail travels back into the depths of the Mazatzal wilderness. For those looking for an introduction to this area, taking the Barnhart trail to a waterfall makes for a nice moderate day hike.

There are multiple trails that start at this parking area. Make sure you are on the Barnhart Trail #43. This trail starts out rocky as it enters to the South side of Barnhart Canyon. There is a creek through Barnhart canyon that runs during the Spring months fueled by snow melt. The Strawberry Hedgehog is one of the most common species of hedgehog cactus in the southwestern USA. Still, there are a number of varieties of Echinocereus engelmannii, and some are quite rare.
In cultivation the strawberry hedgehog growe rather slowly and appreciate a sandy soil with good drainage. The Sego Lily has 1 to 4 flowers, each with 3 white petals (and 3 sepals) which are tinged with lilac (occasionally magenta) and have a purplish band radiating from the yellow base. These appear in early summer. Plants are around 15–45 cm (6–18 inches) in height and have linear leaves.

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